SINGAPORE- Having already lost badly at another casino, a Marina Bay Sands croupier came up with a scheme to cheat at baccarat.
Yeo Eng Seng would memorise the sequence of cards he dealt, and surreptitiously inform his four accomplices, who would then place sure-win bets.
A routine check of surveillance footage revealed the deception, and 44-year-old Yeo was yesterday sentenced to 22 months in jail. He cheated the casino of nearly $217,000, of which his cut was about $71,500.
His accomplices were also slapped with prison terms, with the scheme's mastermind, Ho Keng Guan, 43, also jailed for 22 months. His wife, Lee Mee Leng, 40, was sentenced to 14 months' jail. The couple received around $140,300 from the plot.
The other two suspects - Singapore Civil Defence Force staff sergeant Lim Boon Kwang, 42, and 50-year-old storekeeper Leow Pui Lee - were sentenced to six months in jail. They were recruited much later and their ill-gotten gains amounted to $2,588 and $2,325 respectively.
When the group pleaded guilty last month, the court heard how Ho, who was unemployed and financially strapped, had heard from a casino employee that there were ways to cheat in the card game of baccarat.
Ho then asked Yeo about this. The dealer, who was not allowed to gamble at the casino he worked at but had run up big losses at the Resorts World Sentosa casino, came up with the plan to memorise the sequence of cards.
Yeo knew that a fresh deck of cards was required once the previous deck had been used up. After breaking the seal, he would peek at several cards at either end of the deck.